The floors of your home are important, they are the support system to your entire house. If you have hardwood floors, then you know they have a way of making a room more attractive and more comfortable. Hardwood floors are an investment so you will want to make sure you take good care of them. Protection is always better than trying to fix problems down the road and it will save you money too. Well cared for wood floors will maintain your overall household aesthetic.
Cleaning Hardwood Floors
– Dirt cannot be trapped on hardwood and doesn’t require as much cleaning as carpeting. Hardwood floors are also easy to care for because most are finished with polyurethane. You will know if your hardwood floors are finished by placing a few drops of water on them. If the wood absorbs the water, your floors are not prefinished.
– Avoid wearing shoes in the home to limit the amount of dirt and debris that gets tracked onto it. Dirt and debris can damage the surface of your hardwood floors. You can also protect your floors by using area rugs.
– Preventing stains and damage is easy to do with regular sweeping. Use a microfiber cleaning pad to pick up dirt and particles. It’s the best way to prevent scratches and damage. Vacuuming is another important step in caring for your hardwood floors. It will also remove dirt from the joint area of two pieces of hardwood and the corners of the room. Vacuuming first will remove the dirt that create scratches on the floors, but you will need to use the right vacuum cleaner. It’s best to use a vacuum cleaner with a long and oval brush attachment. You will also need to make sure the wheels are clean to prevent damaging the floor. Hardwood floors don’t have any storage to reserve dirt like carpet, so it needs to be removed before any polishing can be done.
– Water can be harmful to your hardwood floors. You will need to make sure you use a pH neutral and water-based floor cleaner. Spray your floor with the cleaner first and then mop with a microfiber mop. If you find a stain, baking soda can be used to remove it. Vinegar can be used on darker spots and mineral spirits can be used on white spots. Even though hardwood floors are easy to care for, careless cleaning can damage them. Use the right tools, avoid steam cleaning floors that aren’t well-finished as it can damage them and avoid using vinegar and soap-based cleaners to clean your floors. It’s important to sweep and mop high traffic areas more often.
Professional Hardwood Floor Cleaning & More in Santa Ana, Irvine, Anaheim & Huntington Beach California
If your efforts to keep your hardwood floors looking great have still left your floors looking worn down, contact the professionals. Professional hardwood floor cleaning is a great way to renew your floors without having to refinish them and it will also extend the life of your flooring. Orange County Steam Masters offers extensive and thorough hardwood floor cleaning. Give us a call today!